24 Jul
POMED Notes: The Struggle for Public Space in Egypt

On Tuesday, July 22, the Atlantic Council held an event entitled "The Struggle for Public Space in Egypt." Khaled Dawoud, Official Spokesman of the Al-Dostour Party and Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Al-Ahram Weekly, spoke on the increasingly limited space for public debate and contestation in Egypt. Mirette F. Mabrouk, Deputy Director for regional programs at the Hariri Center moderated the discussion. For the full event note, please continue reading or click here for ...

24 Jul
Resolution on Egypt Addresses “Politically Motivated” NGO Convictions

Photo Credit: AP/Khalil Hamra Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and John McCain (R-AZ) introduced S.2649 which would "provide certain legal relief from politically motivated charges by the Government of Egypt." Referred to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the bill stipulates that "no ...

24 Jul
U.S. $500 Loan Agreement to Tunisia to “Foster Democracy”

Photo Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images Tunisia today closed on its offering of a $500 million seven-year sovereign bond issuance guaranteed by the U.S., launching an agreement that President Barack Obama has said is intended "to help ...

23 Jul
Iraqi Parliament Elects New President

Photo Credit: Adam Ferguson/New York Times The Iraqi parliament elected president Fuad Masoum on Thursday, July 24 after the original elections were postponed by a day, "delaying the formation of a power-sharing government urgently needed to confront a Sunni Muslim insurgency" that has ...

23 Jul
Lebanon Fails Again to Elect New President

Photo Credit: Joseph Eid/AFP For the ninth time in a row, Lebanon's parliament has failed to elect a new president "due to lack of quorum" as a new hearing was set for August 12. Lebanon's constitution demands that 86 of ...

22 Jul
POMED Notes: Libya: Updates from the Field

On Monday, July 21, Atlantic Council held an event entitled "Libya: Update from the Field." Fadel Lamen, President of the National Dialogue Preparatory Commission and Nonresident Fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East of Atlantic Council, spoke on the status of Libya's transitional process in the current regional environment. Karim Mezran, Senior Fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East of Atlantic Council moderated the ...

22 Jul
POMED Notes: Obama’s Foreign Policy and the Future of the Middle East

Photo Credit: NEO On Monday July 21, 2014, the Middle East Policy Council (MEPC) held an event entitled “Obama’s Foreign Policy and the Future of the Middle East.” The event featured Kenneth Pollack, Senior Fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution; Paul R. Pillar, Non-resident Senior Fellow, Center for Security Studies, Georgetown University; Amin Tarzi, Director of Middle East Studies, Marine Corps University; and Chas W. Freeman ...

22 Jul
Libya Announces Final Election Results

Photo Credit: Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP Photo After Libya's final parliamentary election results were announced, "Liberal factions" appear to be the biggest winners as "commentators say liberals will fill most seats in the new parliament, unlike the former assembly which was dominated ...

21 Jul
Lawsuit Filed Against Bahraini Opposition Party

  Photo Credit: alwefaq.net Bahrain's Justice Ministry filed a lawsuit against main opposition party al-Wefaq, seeking to suspend its activities for three months. The charges filed in the suit include "failing to comply with rules of transparency when holding general ...

21 Jul
Jordan May Change Stance on Syria

  Photo Credit: Raul Garcia/EPA The Jordanian government neutralized its stance towards Syria, after Information Minister Mohammad al-Momani announced that Jordan “was not interested in training Syrian opposition forces on its territory” adding that its “public policy has always been not to interfere in ...

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